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Good eats on ‘The Hill’

On April 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Here is another story by my good friend Anthony Accardi Jr. 

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

As far back as I can remember, there has always been an abundance of eating establishments on Winter Hill. Besides the old standard of pizza and sub shops, at one time we had a White Tower Restaurant, a fresh fish market that also served fried seafood, a delicatessen, a coffee shop and even a Brigham’s Ice Cream Restaurant, among others. With all of these eating places, other small businesses and a Star Market, Winter Hill was at one time a bustling area with both high foot and vehicular traffic. It was a place where people could do their food shopping, run their errands and grab a quick bite to eat – and all within walking distance of each other.

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Somerville’s commitment to the highest principles of governmental budgeting has been recognized in the City earning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, a “significant achievement” according to awarding nonprofit Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).somervillelogo

In earning the award, the City of Somerville met nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The GFOA reviewers evaluated the City’s FY14 budget, available on the City Finance Department’s webpage, on 27 specific criteria to assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

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shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

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Economics has been called the “dismal science” ever since Thomas Carlyle turned that phrase in 1849. But a blazing discussion is illuminating the gloom. Its light source is the English publication of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty.

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The price of acting stupid

On April 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

A police officer on duty in the early morning hours of April 6 at a Summer St. location took notice of a crashing noise in the nearby area.

In checking out the immediate vicinity, the officer spotted two males, later identified as Conor McArdle, 20, of Amherst, and Edmond Quirke, 22, of Jamaica Plain, as they travelled down the Summer St. sidewalk, reportedly kicking cars as they passed them.

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By Jeremy F. van der Heiden

The ongoing fight to improve the livelihood of individuals living with disabilities has continued on the local, state and federal levels. In an interview with The Somerville Times, Colin Killick, chairman of the Somerville Commission for People with Disabilities (SCPD), explained some of the goings-on occurring in the community.

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The city will issue a new request for proposals (RFP) for redevelopment of the Powder House Community School site and will schedule a community meeting later this month to discuss the terms to be included in the new RFP after rejecting the five remaining proposals from the previous one.powder_house_school_web

Citing new information and concerns regarding the condition of the property and a broader range of community-supported uses for the redevelopment of the former K-8 school, city officials notified developers earlier this week of the intent to re-evaluate the scope of the project. In March, the city ended negotiations with Tufts University, the developer initially ranked as the top recommendation by the Powder House Community School Technical Advisory Committee and ultimately selected by Mayor Joseph Curtatone. After the university clarified that it did not foresee developing the site for at least 15 years, negotiations were ended.

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A unified community front against opioid addiction

On April 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

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Massachusetts—and the nation—face an epidemic and Somerville is not immune. In four months starting on Nov. 1 of last year, 185 people in the Bay State died from heroin overdoses according to the State Police, and that number does not include Boston, Springfield or Worcester. Deaths from drug overdoses now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents nationwide, according to an October 2013 report from nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. That report also found that between 2000 and 2010, the number of states that surpassed the alarming benchmark of more than 10 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 increased sevenfold—from five states to 38. One of those states was Massachusetts, which rose from a rate of 7.5 deaths to 11—an increase of 47 percent.

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Squatters unwelcome on Walnut St.

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were called to a Walnut St. residence last Thursday afternoon on a complaint of two individuals trespassing at that location.

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‘Proud to be a Townshend’

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Simon Townshend does the family proud, exhibiting his own unique musical style and talent both on record and in concert. ~Photo by Kathy Vantassell

Simon Townshend does the family proud, exhibiting his own unique musical style and talent both on record and in concert. — Photo by Kathy Vantassell

By Blake Maddux

When Simon Townshend was born Oct. 10, 1960, his oldest brother, Pete, was five years away from becoming one of the most recognizable faces in rock ‘n’ roll. At 9, Simon contributed vocals to the song Smash the Mirror from The Who’s album Tommy. Six years after that, he appeared as a newsboy in the movie based on that album.

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Facing heroin head on

On April 9, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Sarah L. Hopkinson

Less than two weeks ago, Somerville police arrested a man carrying 114 grams of heroin and 68 grams of cocaine, all trafficked drugs he was believed to be bringing into the city to sell. This arrest is a small step forward in local authorities’ attempts to fight the heroin pandemic troubling the city. Since January 2013, authorities have witnessed a dangerous upward trend in the incidence of heroin overdoses in Somerville. According to Michael Cabral, the deputy chief of the Somerville Police Department, in little over a year, there have been seven fatal heroin overdoses and 21 non-fatal overdoses – this averages out at two per month. This trend is part of a nationwide resurgence that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency is tracking and which includes New York City, Pittsburg, Vermont – and now Somerville.

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